I’m certain that the internet is about to implode. Beyoncé just dropped the informational bomb we’ve all been curious about, she announced that she’s pregnant – and with TWINS, yay! We’re so happy for her, Jay-Z and Blue Ivy that they are expanding their family.
The negative nancy comments have already started rolling in on social media.
“She will have to get a c-section.”
“She will deliver early.”
Let me just say, those are common misunderstandings about twin pregnancies. It is possible to deliver vaginally and carry to term. Here are a few strategies to carry full term and delivering vaginally twins.
1. Find the right provider
The art and skill of delivering vaginal deliveries of multiples is a fading away. Many new doctors never received training on how to deliver twins vaginally. This is why their default is to perform a cesarean. Even if all is well with the pregnancy, many doctors just don’t have the confidence or know how to catch one baby and then the next.
You may have to search intensely to find a practitioner with training and deep experience in delivering twins vaginally. Many midwives have the knowledge too. The most important thing is that the practitioner have experience and is extremely comfortable with twin vaginal birth.
2. Get in tune with your baby
You may have to communicate with your baby about moving into the right position for birth. Develop this relationship from the start. Quiet your mind and really get in tuned with your babies.
3. Stay well hydrated
While you may live in the bathroom, it’s important that you get adequate hydration. The more water your babies have, the better your placenta will function and the more amniotic fluid they will have to move into an optimal birth position. This will help you both go full term and deliver vaginally.
4. Stay active and flexible
While you may not be able to do long stints of manual labor or cardio, you can do several small bursts of movement throughout the day. Take advantage of any energy you have (that comes in bursts) to do yoga and exercise that is adequate for your frame and activity level. Moving in the early stages of your pregnancy before the twins will have a harder time moving head down is optimal. Also, during your prenatal visits, you can have your practitioner guide your hand so you can become familiar with your babies heads, bottoms and feet so you can know when and how to guide them head down.
Although twins can be delivered breech, it’s easier when the first twin is head down.
4. Eat superfoods all day every day
All pregnant women need to eat superfoods. However, women carrying multiples have increased nutritional demands. While a singleton pregnancy can get away eating empty calories from time to time, the mom carrying multiples cannot. Eat a super food for snacks, breakfast lunch and dinner.
Super foods include avocados, walnuts, blueberries, collard greens, beets, spirulina, alfalfa, coconuts and many more. Dark green leafy vegetables are your friend.
Also, take a food-based multi-vitamin. Check out our guide to healthy pregnancy supplements.
5. Reset your mindset towards what you want
Focus on what you want. If you want a vaginal, full-term birth, know in your soul that it is possible for you. Support these desires with positive affirmations. Surround yourself with a supportive community, including your doula, that will cheer you on to going full term and achieving your full term delivery. You can always plan contingencies, but keep at the top of your mind and heart what you really want. Start moving and acting as if you best case scenario will unfold.
6. Choose a vaginal birth friendly facility
If you choose a highly skilled midwife, she may deliver the babies in a birthing center. This is a great option. Delivering in a birthing center encourages mothers to progress at their own pace and know that vaginal delivery is the norm.
If you choose to deliver in hospital setting, but sure that you check the c-section rates and the c-section rate of potential obstetricians.
7. Do WHATEVER it takes to be comfortable
Carrying twins is no joke. It can get very uncomfortable, especially in those last weeks of gestation. You may need supportive wide shoes, chiropractic adjustments, prenatal massage, professional yoga instruction, a mountain of pillows and a fortress protecting you from all negativity and drama. You may need to eat and drink tiny bits literally all day as the babies push up on your stomach to ensure you get in enough nutrition and hydration. It’s important that you and your immediate family understand that your comfort is the most important as you carry to precious lives.
With some planning, determination and support team, you can totally deliver your twins full-term and vaginally.
Let’s wish the Carters good luck. May Beyoncé and her family enjoy this sacred, precious time. I hope that she achieves her desired pregnancy, labor and delivery experience.
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